Top Three Pirates Players to Watch in 2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to continue their winning ways in 2012, and will be led by a solid core of talent.  With some major moves in the offseason the Pirates showed they are willing to do what it takes to win now, while also have an eye on the future as well.  What follows are the top three Pirates players to watch in 2012.

A.J. Burnett

Burnett came over in a blockbuster trade during the 2011-12 offseason, and will play a crucial role in the starting rotation.  Burnett has been in the league since 1999, when he first started out with the Florida Marlins.  He played with them for seven seasons before moving on to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he really found his stride.  In 2008 for the team A.J. had an 18-10 record with 221 innings pitched and 231 strikeouts.  After that season he moved on over to the New York Yankees, where he had three lackluster seasons with the team.  Hopefully a change of scenery will prove beneficial for Burnett, as he still has a lot left in the tank.

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew is the franchise player on the team to this point, and much will be expected of him throughout the 2012 season as he leads the Pirates’ offense.  In only three years McCutchen has shown that he has what it takes to be a breakout star in the Major Leagues, with a great combination of both power and speed; in 2011 Andrew had 23 home runs and 23 stolen bases to go along with 89 RBIs.  If the team wants to continue having success in 2012 McCutchen will have to come through once again.

James McDonald

In his first full season in 2011, McDonald showed that he can be a legitimate starter for the Pirates, and he will be looked upon as an anchor for the rotation in 2012.  McDonald started off the 2011 season great but sort of faded away towards the end, and he will need to be more consistent for the Pirates to have a chance of making the playoffs in 2012.


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